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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Challenge for you... HSS #203

I have been gone awhile and I apologize.  I have been REALLY sick.  Let me give you an example of HOW sick I really was: I didn't stamp for an ENTIRE week.  If you know anything about me, you know I stamp almost daily.  Yesterday was the first day I actually stamped something in over a week.  I was coughing so much (and still am coughing) I took an entire week off work (which I haven't had to do yet as a teacher... there's always a first).  I am going back to work this morning so some prayers for less coughing would be appreciated.  I am still really congested and have been told the virus just needs to run it's course (could be weeks they said).  Exciting, right?  WRONG!  Anyway, I am back!
I have been wanting to join some challenges "for fun" lately and this is one of them!  I love this color combination and was excited to play with the elements!  I did add some silver glimmer paper to add some sass but I think it really brings this card together!
I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Don't you just love that heart embossing folder?!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Countdown to Sale-a-bration with "Celebrate Today"

Celebrate Today
Sale-a-bration starts Tuesday and I am SO EXCITED!  Only 6 days until you get an exclusive FREE product with every $50 purchase!  Make sure to subscribe to my blog and come back each day between now and January 6th to see sneak peeks!

I am in love with this stamp set and it will be featured on my "Five Card Friday" on Friday!  I am so excited to share the new Sale-A-Bration products and new Occasions Catalog products.  This card features the new Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating Framelits.  I have been awaiting a balloon die cut for a long time and now my wait is over!  I love this set!
I made this into my favorite, a shaker card!  I used a clear envelope (I had to cut the top and one side off) and added the in-color sequins to it and closed all of the sides using Sticky Strip.  Super easy!  Do you love the banner?  If you guessed that they came from the same framelits, you are right!  I also used the new Sale-a-bration exclusive Designer Series Paper pack.  It's called "Best Year Ever" and it has a coordinating stamp set and Accessory Pack - which you will LOVE!

Please let me know if you have not received your Occasions or Sale-a-bration Catalogs.  I can mail one out to you on Friday! Come back tomorrow for more sneaks! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday CASE and Be the Star

When I saw the new Weekly Deals I knew this card was perfect to post today!  :)  I case'd this card from Diana Eichfeld.  She did an awesome job and I love her design!
This stamp set is on sale over at the Stampin' Up! website.  It's the perfect (easy) card for you to CASE and make lots of to have on hand next year!  Check out the other sales this week:


Be The Star Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 135731
Regular Price: $28.95 US/$35.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$26.96 CAN

Oh My Goodies Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 134087
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Blushing Bride Baker'S Twine Item # 134577
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$3.95 CAN

A Fitting Occasion Wood Stamp Set Item # 131952
Regular Price: $37.95 US/$46.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $28.46 US/$35.21 CAN

Squares Collection Framelits Die Item # 130921
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Chocolate Chip 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130014
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Chalk Talk Framelits Die Item # 129983
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Midnight Cheer Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 132916
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Monday, December 22, 2014

Shake, Shake, Shake: Shaker Cards using White Christmas

Shake, Shake, Shake
Shaker Cards are so popular right now!  I made these cards for my friends who have kids.  Have you made a shaker card before?  I stamped the snow background using one of the My Paper Pumpkin stamps from November.  It's perfect for this card!  For this card I used pure Stampin' Glitter.
 Here's a close up of the snowman shaker!  I used the Shaker Circles that Stampin' Up! offers.
 This is the same card but using the polar bear.  Isn't he super cute?  I love the cardinals too!  This time I added some silver stampin' glitter glass (retired).
I made two tags as well using the same technique.  I added some fake snow to the shaker along with the two different glitters.

Christmas is almost here and tonight I am wrapping presents (while watching some tv).  I plan to make a card (or two) for you to see tomorrow.  Please take a few moments and relax.  The hardest thing at the holidays is knowing when to stop.  Sometimes you just need a few moments to take it all in.... off to wrap some presents!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DIY Christmas Card Book Tutorial

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those beautiful Christmas cards you receive in the mail each year?  I have and this year I have a solution for you (and me)!  Instead of throwing the cards into a box (never to be seen again), I made a Christmas Card book!  You might be wondering what this is and even more importantly, how hard is it to make?  Easy!
To make my book I cut some chip board (I used the piece that comes in a 12/x12 pack of Designer Series Paper).  I cut two pieces of the chip board to 8.5" x 5.5".  I covered each piece with Designer Series Paper (same size) using my Fast Fuse because I wanted to make sure it didn't come up!
Then I organized all of my cards by size.  I punched a 1/4" hole in the corner of each card using the handheld punch.  
That top card is made by my Aunt Darlene, it's so sparkly in person!
This is just the back piece that I covered in matching paper from the Nordic Noel DSP pack!
Finally I stacked up all the cards, my front and back - then used a library clip to hold them all into place.  I am not sure if that's the actual name - library clip - but that is what I call it.  You can get them at any Office Supply Store.
This is what the front cover looks like. I  colored each rhinestone with the new Blendabilities markers.  Doesn't it add so much to the design?  I stamped the Cheerful Christmas image in Garden Green ink and then cut it out using the Labels Collection Framelit Dies.

Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set #135149/ $17.95
Labels Collection Framelit Dies #125598/ $26.95
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper #135822/ #10.95
Garden Green Ink #126973/ $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers #130995/ $11.95
Rhinestones #119246/ $4.95
Chip Board (from a Designer Series Paper pack)

Bonus Project:
I started wrapping presents today and this gift is for one of my aunt's.  I used the current wrapping paper from the Holiday Catalog.  I added retired ribbon and a tag I made several years ago.  This year I have been really enjoying using pretty ribbon and paper!  I hope you love this as much as I do... if you'd like to order the wrapping paper (for next year), it's on the clearance rack for only $6.99.  Use #135828 in the online store!  You will get two rolls - this one and the other one is striped!

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's beginning to look like Christmas... with notecards and a DIY project

I am sorry I have been MIA... life has been crazy and I had to finish Christmas shopping, started baking (look for some posts coming about that too) and decorating.  You know the drill!  Blogging was on the backseat - but now I am back!  

Today I have an EASY thank you card!  Oh, and I didn't forget about 5 cards, one stamp set!  You will be seeing that again (maybe tonight if I get the pictures taken!).  I wanted to post the cards I made to send home today with any gifts I receive at school!  Super cute, simple and only took me 10 minutes to create!
 To make this you will literally need: stamps, ink and paper.  I created the border using two shades of green and the Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I used the Pistachio Pudding for the lighter shade and then stamped the Wild Wasabi over top!
 I then stamped the single stamp Watercolor Thank You in Real Red ink - super simple right?  Wondering what I used to make these easy cards?  Our notecards!  They are pre-cut and perfect for quick thank you notes!  Plus you get 20 cards and 20 envelopes for only $5.95.
Wondering about my decoration?  I made this simple DIY project using salt, mini trees and pinecones.  I already had the big hurricane vase in my cabinet (you can use any big glass jar).  I filled it with pure table salt (50 cents each at Walmart).  Then I found the trees in Walmart by their little Christmas Village stuff.  The pinecones and mini cinnamon sticks came in a bag from Michaels.  This project cost me $7 but I have tons of pinecones and cinnamon sticks left over.

Come back tomorrow for another quick and easy stamping project and DIY bonus!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy Christmas Treat Thursday

Everyone needs little gifts...
This is the perfect gift to give the postman/ woman, hair stylist, animal groomer, etc... I made these for Halloween except this time, I made a basic topper using a 4 1/4" square folded in half for the topper.  So EASY!
I just realized that one of the candies is upside down - oh' well!  LOL  I used the Get Your Santa On Stamp Set.  I stamped the Santa Suit in black and colored using the Blendabilities Markers.  I then added glue and sprinkled it with Sparkly Fluff (non-Stampin' Up!).  The fluff makes the suit look "fluffy" and soft!  Wondering what bags I used?  Stampin' Up! sells 4x6 treat bags - I just folded down the top and stapled it.

Want to see more?  Hop over to my facebook page here and check out the extra example I made for you this morning!  Make sure to like the photo and follow me to make sure you don't miss future posts!

Go ahead, make some of these cute little treats to have on hand for a little Holiday gift!